This visit captures how advanced Imperial Rome was: from aqueducts bringing in fresh water to one million inhabitants, to public baths (which were really proto-YMCAs!), to the use of concrete in architecture and engineering... At the end of the tour, you'll realize that Imperial Rome invented and pioneered lots of technology that we consider "modern."
Departure & Return
Hotel Albergo del Senato, Piazza della Rotonda, 73, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Vicus Caprarius-the Water City, Vicolo del Puttarello, 25, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
What To Expect
Why dedicate an hour to the Pantheon? Besides the fact that Roman architects had been using concrete for almost 300 years when the Pantheon was built, it was (and continues to be) the largest unsupported concrete dome in building history. Not bad for 125 A.D…
The site Vicus Caprarius (in Latin) a.k.a. La Citta’ dell’Acqua (in Italian) was excavated recently. It uncovered some of the oldest apartment building in Rome (dating to circa 65 A.D.) and it contains a hydraulic cement-lined water tank from the Emperor Hadrian's era that helped supply this part of the bustling Imperial metropolis with drinking water. What a great way to explore Imperial Rome’s modern town planning!